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What is the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM)?

ISBM is a Federation of national or regionally-based societies, whose goal is to serve the needs of all health-related disciplines concerned with issues relevant to behavioural medicine. Each national society must have membership from different relevant disciplines or professions.

Behavioural medicine is an interdisciplinary field concerned with the development and integration of sociocultural, psychosocial, behavioural and biomedical knowledge relevant to health and illness and the application of this knowledge to disease prevention, health promotion, etiology, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. 

ISBM Charter



Executive Committee

Board Members

Redford Williams President

Redford Williams


Antti Uutela Immediate-Past President

Hege R. Eriksen President-Elect

Petra Lindfors Treasurer

Marc Gellman Secretary

Antti Uutela

Past President

Victoria GordilloChair, Education & Training Committee

Richard PeterChair, Communications Committee

Linda BaumannChair, Finance Committee

Hege R. Eriksen

President Elect

Norito Kawakami Chair, International Collaborative

Studies Committee

Joost DekkerEditor, International Journal of

Behavioural Medicine

Neil Schneiderman Chair, Membership Committee

Petra Lindfors


Graciela Rodriguez Chair, Organisational Liaison Committee

Theresa Marteau Chair, Program Committee

Brian Oldenburg Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

Arja Aro Chair, Strategic Planning Committee

Marc Gellman




North America

Asia / Pacific

South America

Member Societies


Member Societies

  • North America
  • Academy of Behavioural Medicine Research
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Asia Pacific
  • Australasian Society for Behavioural Health & Medicine
  • The Korean Society of Stress Medicine
  • Japanese Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Thailand Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Latin America
  • The Chilean Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Mexican Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Venezuelan Interdisciplinary Group of Behavioural Medicine
  • Europe
  • Behavioural Medicine Section of the Czech Medical Association
  • Danish Society of Psychosocial Medicine
  • Finnish Section of Behavioural Medicine of the Finnish Association of
  • Social Medicine
  • German Society of Behavioural Medicine & Behaviour Modification
  • Hungarian Institute of Behavioural Sciences
  • Italian Society of Psychosocial Medicine
  • Netherlands Behavioural Medicine Federation
  • Norwegian Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Psychosomatic & Behavioural Medicine Section of the Slovak Medicine
  • Society
  • Spanish Society of Behavioural Medicine & Health Psychology
  • Swedish Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine


Emerging Member Societies


Membership of ISBM

Membership is available to:

  • All national/regional societies of behavioral medicine

And must have:

  • A balance of members between biomedical & behavioural/social sciences
  • A commitment to behavioural medicine as defined in the ISBM charter
  • Affiliate membership is also available

Membership entitlements include:

  • Reduced registration fee at the International Congresses
  • Reduced rate for subscribing to the International Journal of Behavioural
  • Medicine
  • Invitations to participate in the scientific and educational activities of the
  • ISBM


The function of ISBM is to:

  • Conduct activities that stimulate BM research and practice
  • Coordinate communication and interaction within the
  • worldwide behavioural medicine community.

Dissemination and interaction occurs through:

  • ISBM International Congresses
  • Major Scientific Journal - International Journal of
  • Behavioural Medicine (IJBM). First issue in 1994.
  • Teaching seminars in conjunction with other world leaders
  • in health and medicine i.e. WHO, National Public Health
  • Institute of Finland etc.
  • Liaison with other professional organisations
  • Education and training through the preparation of curricula
  • and the facilitation of international collaborative research
  • studies

Special Interest Groups

The ISBM along with international collaborators have identified a number of interest groups and issues that require research input to improve the health of all through behavioural medicine.

These interest groups are as follows:

  • Education & Training
  • International Network for Subjective and Unexplained

Health Complaints

  • Women’s Health Issues
  • Diabetes Collaboration
  • Global Biological Health Threats

For more information and subscriptions:


  • Major Scientific Journal - The International Journal of Behavioural Medicine (IJBM).
  • First issue in 1994.
  • Current editor – Ulf Lundberg (Sweden). Editor – Joost Dekker (Netherlands)

2002 – Helsinki, Finland

1990 – Uppsala, Sweden

1992 – Hamburg, Germany

2004 – Mainz, Germany

1994 - Amsterdam

1996 – Washington DC, USA

1998 - Copenhagen, Denmark

2000 – Brisbane, Australia


Past Congresses


Location: Targu-Mures, Romania

Date: 14-16 October 2005


First Symposium of Central Eastern European Behavioural Medicine Network


Ninth International Congress of International Medicine – Bangkok 2006

Date: November 29 – December 2, 2006

Location: Sofitel Central Plaza Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand

Second Announcement & Call for Abstracts

  • Important Dates:
  • 1 July 2005 – Opening of on-line abstract submissions
  • 1 December 2005 – Deadline for workshop proposals
  • 1 March 2006 – Deadline for abstract submissions
  • 15 June 2006 – Deadline for early registration
  • 1 September 2006 – Deadline for submitting rapid communication posters

Scientific Program

  • Covering the fields of public health, clinical research and basic processes in
  • behavioural medicine
  • Examining the connections between health and behaviour
  • How these relationships are viewed and understood in the different regions of the world

Karen A. Mathews, PhD

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, USA

Title: Recent advances in understanding women’s heart disease: socioeconomic status,

personality and mediators.

Michael J. Meaney, PhD

McGill Centre for the Study of Behaviour, Genes and Environment, Canada

Title: Maternal care alters DNA methylation and brain glucocorticoid receptor

expression: A mechanism for the epigenetic regulation of stress responses.

Anuar Zaini, M.D

Monash University, Malaysia

Title: Global health challenges and emerging health threats – The opportunities for

behavioural medicine

Keynote Presentations


Leenah Hsu, M.D

Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University, USA

Title: Influence of socio-economic development on HIV vulnerability & behavioural


Norito Kawakami, PhD

Okayama University Graduate School of Medicine & Dentistry, Japan

Title: Job stress prevention: research and implementation

Terrie E. Moffitt, PhD

Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London, United Kingdom

Title: Interaction between measured genes and measured environments: A research


Manfred Schedlowski

Division of Psychology & Behavioural Immunobiology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

Title: Behavioural Conditioned Immune Response: Mechanisms and Clinical Implications

Master Lectures


Prakash C. Gupta, PhD

Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, India

Title: Challenges for tobacco control in countries undergoing rapid socioeconomic transition

Prakit Vathesatogkit, M.D

Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand

Ruth Bonita, PhD

World Health Organisation, Geneva, Switzerland

Title: The impact of recent public health challenges on the health systems of countries in the Asia Region

Liming Lee, M.D

Chinese Academy of Medical Science & Peking Union Medical College, China

Panel Sessions


Other sessions/presentations

  • Symposia, Oral & Poster presentations
  • Workshops

Key events

Wednesday 29 November 2006

Opening Ceremony & Irmela Florin Memorial Lecture Welcoming Reception

Friday 1 December 2006

Garden Party

Saturday 2 December 2006

Closing Ceremony & Farewell Party


It has been recommended that all registration and abstracts are to be submitted through the ICBM website


Brian Oldenburg, PhD

Program Chair

School of Public Health, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

Alexandra Martin, PhD

International Workshop Coord.

Dept. of Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, Philipps-Universitat, Marburg, Germany

Marc D. Gellman, PhD

Program Co-Chair

Behavioural Medicine Research Center, Dept. of Psychology, University of Miami, USA

Antti Uutela, PhD

ISBM President

National Public Health Institute (KTL), Finland

Ulrike Ehlert, PhD

Program Co-Chair

Dept. of Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Redford Williams, M.D

ISBM President-elect

Duke University, USA

Nittaya J. Kotchabhakdi, M.D

Program Co-Chair

National Institute for Child & Family Development, Mahidol University, Thailand

Neil Schneiderman, PhD

International Advisor

University of Miami, USA

ICBM 2006 Program Committee


For more information:

  • ISBM Website:
  • International Congress of Behavioural Medicine 2006
  • Website:
  • International Journal of Behavioural Medicine
  • Website: